• BS, music (piano concentration), Xavier University
  • BM, music therapy, Loyola University of the South
  • MMT, music therapy, Loyola University
  • PhD, music therapy, Temple University

Dr. Darlene Brooks is a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), a Fellow in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), and a Reiki Master. Dr. Brooks has over 20 years of clinical experience in music therapy, and 15 years of supervisory experience as a clinical training director. Areas of clinical specialty include music therapy with adolescents, geriatrics, adult psychiatry, psychiatric disabilities in children, chemical dependency and autism. 

Dr. Brooks served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Music Therapy for eight years, and the Certification Board for Music Therapists for six years. At Loyola University, she was Coordinator of Music Therapy. In addition, she served on the Curriculum Committee, The Dean's Advisory Board, and several university committees, and she chaired the College of Music Rank & Tenure Committee. At Temple, Dr. Brooks is the Director of Music Therapy, Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Music Therapy, teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, and serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Boyer College of Music & Dance, on the Boyer Executive Council and other committees in the college.

Dr. Brooks has presented at numerous conferences and workshops, and has several clinical and research publications; and over the last twenty years, she has also maintained an active interest in performing in community musical theatre. She has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Music Therapy and is presently on the Editorial Board for The Arts in Psychotherapy. Dr. Brooks has published in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and The Arts in Psychotherapy: An International Journal. Her current research interests include: Clinical supervision, education and academic supervision, alternative medicine, and Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). 

Works and Publications

Brooks, D.M., Eyre, L.M. (2012). (In Press) Collaborative Supervision of Music Therapy Students in Clinical Training. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Brooks, D.M., Bradt, J., Eyre, L., Hunt, A., & Dileo, C. (2010) Creative Approaches to Reducing Burnout in Medical Personnel. Submitted to Arts in Psychotherapy: An International Journal.

Brooks, D.M. (2008). Music Therapy at the End of Life. (2005). Dileo, C., Lowey, J., Cherry Hill, N.J., Jeffery Books [Review of the book] for Doorway to Room 217, an On-line Newsletter Journal, CA, Issue 8, October 2008.

Brooks, D.M. (2007). Clinical training guide for the student music therapist. [Review of the book Clinical Training Guide for the Student Music Therapist. Wheeler, B., Shultis, C., & Polen, D., Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers. The Arts in Psychotherapy: An International Journal 34 (2), 181-183.

Brooks, D.M. (2003) A history of music therapy journal articles published in the English Language (1964-2001). Journal of Music Therapy, 50, (2), 151-168.

Brooks, D.M. (2002) A holistic description of beginner trainee experiences in live observation supervision experiences in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 11 (2), 142-151.

Brooks, D.M. (2002). Braswell: A man with vision Journal of Music Therapy.

Brooks, D.M. (2002). Supervision practices in Guided Imagery and Music. In K. Bruscia & D. Grocke (Eds.), Guided Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method Temple University Music Therapy Professor Publications 4 and Beyond. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

Brooks, D.M. (2000). Anima manifestations of men using Guided Imagery and Music (GIM): A case study. Journal of The Association for Music and Imagery, 7, 77-87.

Brooks, D.M. (1999). Case Studies in Music Therapy. [Review of the book Case Studies i in Music Therapy.K. Bruscia (Ed.) Gilsum NH: Barcelona Publishers]. Music Therapy Perspectives, 17, 44.

Brooks, D.M. (1989). Music therapy enhances treatment with adolescents. Music Therapy Perspectives, 6, 77-87.

Braswell, C., Brooks, D.M., Decuir, A., Humphrey, T., Jacobs, K., & Sutton, K. (1986). Development and implementation of a music/activity therapy intake assessment for psychiatric patients. Part II: Standardization procedures on data from psychiatric patients. Journal of Music Therapy, 23, 126-141.

Braswell, C., Decuir, A., & Brooks, D. (1985). A survey of clinical training in music therapy: Degree of compliance with NAMT guidelines. Journal of Music Therapy, 22, 73-86.

Braswell, C., Brooks, D., Decuir, A., Humphrey, T., Jacobs, K. & Sutton, K. (1983). Development and implementation of a music/activity intake assessment for psychiatric patients. Part I: Initial standardization procedures on data from university students. Journal of Music Therapy, 20, 88-100.